The Green Berets

  • Directors: John Wayne, Ray Kellogg, John Gaddis
  • Producers: Michael Wayne
  • Writers: James Lee Barrett, Robin Moore
  • Genres: Action, Drama, War
  • Actors: John Wayne, David Janssen, Jim Hutton, Aldo Ray, George Takei, Luke Askew, Mike Henry

At Fort Bragg, newspaper reporter George Beckworth (David Janssen) is at a Special Forces briefing about the American military involvement in the war in Vietnam. The briefing (at Gabriel Demonstration Area, named for SGT Jimmy Gabriel, first SF soldier killed in Vietnam) includes a demonstration and explanation of the whys and wherefores of participating in that Asian war.

Skeptical civilians and journalists are told that multinational Communism is what the U.S. will be fighting in Vietnam; proof: weapons and equipment, captured from North Vietnamese soldiers and Viet Cong guerrillas, originating in Communist Russia, Communist Czechoslovakia, and Communist China. Despite that, Beckworth remains skeptical about the value of intervening in Vietnam’s civil war. When asked by Green Beret COL Mike Kirby (John Wayne) if he had ever been to Vietnam, reporter Beckworth replies that he had not, but then accepts the soldier’s challenge, and agrees to go and bear witness.

In South Vietnam, Beckworth arrives at an American Army camp where he witnesses the humanitarian aspect (irrigation ditches, bandages, candy for children) of the Special Forces mission. Still, he remains skeptical of the U.S.’s need to be there. He changes his mind after a ferocious North Vietnamese Army attack upon the SF camp, admitting he probably will be fired from the newspaper for filing a story supporting the American war.

Near the end of the story, Beckworth is briefly seen, carrying his portable typewriter and a duffel bag, joining a troop headed for the front.

Mulan

  • Directors: Tony Bancroft, Barry Cook
  • Producers: Pam Coats
  • Writers: Robert D San Souci, Rita Hsiao
  • Genres: Animation, Adventure, Drama, Family, Music
  • Actors: Ming Na, Eddie Murphy, B D Wong, Miguel Ferrer, Harvey Fierstein, Beth Fowler, George Takei

When the Huns, led by the ruthless Shan Yu (Miguel Ferrer), invade China, the Chinese emperor commands a general mobilization in which each family is given a conscription notice. Fa Zhou (Soon-Tek Oh), having no son to fight, is forced to enlist despite his age and disability. Fa Mulan (Ming-Na Wen), his daughter, poses as a man and flees to join the army in his place. Mushu (Eddie Murphy), a small dragon, travels with her, in an attempt to regain his dignity among the family ancestors by making her a war hero. He, in turn, is accompanied by a dubiously “lucky” cricket named Cri-kee.

Mulan proceeds into camp and meets fellow soldiers, but under advice from Mushu on how to act like a real man, unwittingly starts a camp-wide brawl. In one of the tents, General Li (James Shigeta) promotes his son Captain Li Shang (B.D. Wong) to Captain and orders him to train new troops while the General attempts to stop Shan Yu at a nearby mountain pass. Li Shang stops the brawl and questions Mulan, who passes herself off as ‘Ping’. Li Shang begins a grueling training schedule and is visibly disappointed at his new troop’s abilities, or lack thereof. Eventually he orders Mulan to return home, but she succeeds in impressing him by retrieving an arrow from a tall pole while weighed down with brass amulets. The troops, inspired by this, all improve and become good soldiers, particularly Ling, Yao and Chien-Po, who become Mulan’s “buddies”.

Mulan travels home and presents the gifts to her father, but he throws the priceless treasures aside and embraces her, calling her his ‘greatest gift and honour’. Shang, having being advised by the Emperor that ‘you don’t meet a girl like THAT every dynasty’, has followed her under the guise of returning her helmet. He gladly accepts her invitation to stay for dinner. In addition for helping Mulan, First Ancestor Fa, who grieves the truth about it, gives Mushu his job as a guardian again. Soon, he, Cri-Kee and the ancestors celebrate.